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The Apple Book
     

The Apple Book

by Rosie Sanders, Harry Baker (Contribution by)
 

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England has perhaps the most perfect orchards in the world, and this book is a celebration of the supreme loveliness of the English apple. In 142 sensuously detailed watercolors, Rosie Sanders depicts the unrivaled range of form, color, and texture that characterize such varieties as the Beauty of Bath, the Peasgood Nonsuch, Cox's Orange Pippin, and the Egremont

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England has perhaps the most perfect orchards in the world, and this book is a celebration of the supreme loveliness of the English apple. In 142 sensuously detailed watercolors, Rosie Sanders depicts the unrivaled range of form, color, and texture that characterize such varieties as the Beauty of Bath, the Peasgood Nonsuch, Cox's Orange Pippin, and the Egremont Russet. The apples are shown together with their blossom, twig, and leaf, and a detailed description records their shape, color, aroma, and season, as well as something of the history of each variety. Marginal line drawings of each apple in cross-section and its pip formation complete a comprehensive guide to identification and a source of inspiration for apple growers. Its usefulness is enhanced by a practical essay on apple growing by Harry Baker, fruit officer for many years at the Royal Horticultural Society and one of Britain's foremost authorities on apple growing.

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"Contains sensuously detailed watercolours showing the form, colour and texture of 144 different varieties [of Apple]."

A hybrid between a treasury of exquisite botanical illustrations and a directory of 144 varieties that can grow in the UK.

'As an identification manual it is unparalleled, but even if you are not within ten miles of an apple tree, this is a book worth having. It is beautifully put together and full of intriguing information about how different apples got their names.'

Anna Pavord in The Independent on the first edition of The Apple Book

'First published in 1988 and still the most sought-after and trusted book for apple identification in the UK due in no small part to these exquisite botanically accurate illustrations.'

Royal Horticultural Society

"Beautiful botanical paintings are combined with useful descriptive text to provide a valuable introduction to British Apples."

"This book is an open love letter ti tge humble apple, the artist lovingly depicting each variety together with its blossom, twig and leaf, revelling in revelaing every minute detail."

"This is a book for those who love fruit, gardening and painting - and anyone of the above."

"Contains sensuously detailed watercolours showing the form, colour and texture of 144 different varieties [of Apple]."

'As an identification manual it is unparalleled, but even if you are not within ten miles of an apple tree, this is a book worth having. It is beautifully put together and full of intriguing information about how different apples got their names.'

Anna Pavord in The Independent on the first edition of The Apple Book

'First published in 1988 and still the most sought-after and trusted book for apple identification in the UK due in no small part to these exquisite botanically accurate illustrations.'

Royal Horticultural Society

"This is a book for those who love fruit, gardening and painting - and anyone of the above."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780711231412
Publisher:
Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Rosie Sanders is widely recognized as one of Britain's leading botanical artists. She has been awarded five Gold medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and won the Royal Academy miniature award. Best known for her superlative studies of fruit, apples in particular, Rosie has devoted much of her time recording old and present varieties culminating in this book. She lives on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon.

Harry Baker was fruit officer for many years at the Royal Horticultural Society and is one of Britain's foremost authorities on apple growing.

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